A server is a computer that provides data to other computers. It may serve data to systems on local area network (LAN) or a wide area network (WAN) over the internet.
Many types of server exist, including web servers, mail servers, and file servers. Each type runs software specific to the purpose of the server.
Many SMBs start with internal storage or a single storage device directly attached to a PC or server, and then upgrade to networked storage as their needs change. Liz Connor, a senior research analyst with IDC, said that as a result of new business moving through the storage market is garnering considerable attention from both enterprise and consumer storage vendors, “We’ve always seen a lot of enterprise guys basically offering chopped down version of some of their mid-tiered systems to the SMBs, ” Connor said. “And now we’re seeing a lot of what we consider personal storage vendor pushing up into that space”.